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June 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Coverage

 • Published May 29, 2020 03:33 p.m.

Hagaman Memorial Library to Begin Reopening in Stages

The Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, will begin to reopen the library in stages in order to protect the safety of employees and patrons.The first stage of the reopening will be...

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 • Published May 29, 2020 02:54 p.m.

Summer Tradition Deep River Ancient Muster Canceled

A long-held tradition on the third weekend of July each year, the Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM) typically draws thousands of fifers, drummers, and spectators from around the world. But for...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 06:26 p.m.

Livestream Ceremony, Decorated Vehicles & Safely-Distanced Diplomas: Branford Class of 2020 Graduation is June 14 - 15 at BHS

The Branford High School (BHS) Class of 2020 will graduate in a unique, two-day event that will include a livestream video ceremony the first day, followed by a drive-up procession done in four...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 05:12 p.m.

Thank You, Branford: BCF COVID-19 Response Fund Raises $179,904 for Residents, Businesses in Need

May 22, 2020: Dear friends of the Branford Community Foundation: Thank you.It's been about 11 weeks since our community was rocked by COVID19. Thanks to you, we have been able to make a...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 04:27 p.m.

Branford Shares Info on Free Infrared Thermometers for Small Businesses, Nonprofits, Places of Worship

May 28, 2020: The State of Connecticut will be distributing 50,000 infrared thermometers it has secured for small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship to support safe reopening activities ...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 03:52 p.m.

North Branford Public Schools Cancel 2020 Summer Camp

Superintendent of Schools Scott Schoonmaker notified parents today, May 28, that the district has canceled North Branford Public Schools (NBPS) 2020 Summer Camp and Special Education Summer...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 03:38 p.m.

North Branford Parks & Recreation Cancels 'Kids Camp' Summer Program

North Branford Parks and Recreation officials have made the difficult decision to cancel a family favorite, the summer Kids Camp program, for the 2020 season. The camp usually operates as...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 10:27 a.m.

Sen. Cohen Shares District 12 COVID-19 Update; Reviews 'Reopen CT' Report

A note from Zip06 -- On Tuesday, May 26, Governor Ned Lamont issued his Reopen Connecticut report developed with recommendations from the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group. On Wednesday...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 05:29 p.m.

Town Opens Branford Point Beach with COVID-19 Safety Measures

By setting up six feet apart and following all COVID-19 rules and guidelines, you can still dig your toes in the sand, catch a tan and take a swim at Branford Point....

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 • Published May 26, 2020 03:08 p.m.

Branford Recreation Summer Camps Canceled Due to COVID-19

For the first time in 70 years, Branford Parks and Recreation has canceled an entire summer of camp programs. The decision was difficult but necessary to ensure the safety and health of all, from...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 03:04 p.m.

Guilford Free Library Begins Offering Curbside Pickup, Slowly Moving Toward ‘Measured’ Reopening

With businesses and services around beginning to work gradually toward reopening, the Guilford Free Library is also taking its first big steps toward an eventual return to normal with a special,...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 03:41 p.m.

Area Camps Promise Special Summer Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

In 2009, Grace El-Fishawy was hesitant about attending sleep away camp in Chester, far from her home in New Haven. But by the end of her first summer at Camp Hazen YMCA, “I loved it,...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 12:11 p.m.

State Report Reveals Missteps in Infection Control at Aaron Manor

A state survey of infection control and preventative measures against spread of COVID-19 revealed oversights at Aaron Manor, a 60-bed nursing and rehabilitation center at 3 South Wig Hill Road in...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 11:56 a.m.

Community Leaves No Senior Behind for Morgan Class of 2020

Due to the pandemic, and the resulting disruptions to normal high school life, The Morgan School Class of 2020 caught the short end of the stick, to say the least. Luckily, a large group of...

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 • Published May 28, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Signs of the Time in Old Saybrook

The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark in many ways, including an increased dependence on communicating through signage rather than in person....

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 • Published May 27, 2020 08:30 a.m.

Old Saybrook Distributes Masks to 156 Local Businesses

Old Saybrook’s Office of Emergency Management’s second round of mask distribution took place on May 18 at Old Saybrook Middle School (OSMS), where 3,740 FDA-approved masks were...

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 • Published May 26, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Salons Readying to Re-open, Again, After Delay

Among the businesses slotted to re-open in Connecticut on May 20 were hair salons and barbershops. And then, Governor Ned Lamont announced May 18 that their opening would be delayed until June....

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 • Published May 22, 2020 04:13 p.m.

East Haven Beach Opens to Residents Only for Memorial Day Weekend

The East Haven Town Beach is reopening this weekend with certain restrictions in order to comply with Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Orders and recommended guidelines issued by the Centers ...

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 • Published May 20, 2020 05:41 p.m.

Special Delivery: School Staff Shuttle Lawn Signs to Surprise Branford's Class of 2020

On Wednesday, May 20,  264 commemorative lawn signs, one for each member of the BHS Class of 2020, were shuttled out to students' homes and proudly staked on front lawns by a small army of 40 ...

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 • Published May 20, 2020 02:54 p.m.

Welcome Back: Branford Restaurant Patrons Return on Sunny Opening Day

On Wednesday, May 20, the sun came out, table umbrellas went up, and restaurant patrons began showing up, on the state's first official day of re-opening outdoor dining as part of a phased...

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 • Published May 20, 2020 01:30 p.m.

North Branford PoCo Fest Canceled Due to COVID-19

A decision North Branford residents have been waiting for – but not wanting to hear – has been made. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Potato & Corn Festival (PoCo Fest) has been...

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 • Published May 19, 2020 05:57 p.m.

Branford Creates Process to Expedite Outdoor Dining for Restaurants, Food Service Establishments

In response to Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7MM, the Town of Branford has created a process to allow for the expedited review of Outdoor Dining in support of our restaurants and food service...

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 • Published May 19, 2020 05:53 p.m.

Branford Scout Organizing Memorial Day Car Parade Through Town

With plans for the town's annual Memorial Day parade canceled by COVID-19, a Branford Boy Scout is rallying the troops to help honor Branford's military residents at a safe social distance, with a ...

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 • Published May 19, 2020 03:30 p.m.

Clinton Officials Prepare for Retail, Restaurant Reopenings

On May 20, the state is set to start reopening some businesses under new guidelines designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To help businesses comply with the new orders, Clinton’s land...

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 • Published May 20, 2020 09:00 a.m.

Westbrook’s West Beach Parking Lot Re-opens, But for Residents Only

Westbrook has re-opened the West Beach parking lot on Seaside Avenue, but only to residents.As of Friday, May 15, the parking lot is officially open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, but...

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 • Published May 19, 2020 01:59 p.m.

Madison Company Committed to Making Masks as Long as People Need Them

Though many states, including Connecticut, are beginning to talk about the reopening process during the coronavirus outbreak, public health experts are warning that some restrictions—and...

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 • Published May 21, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Country School Student Donates 500 Masks to Yale New Haven Hospital

International student Rongjiang (Stoney) Xu spent his 8th grade year at The Country School, graduating last June, and his ties remain strong. During this time of COVID-19, Xu and his mother were...

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 • Published May 19, 2020 01:39 p.m.

East Haven Fireworks Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Last week, the East Haven Fireworks Committee Board announced the cancellation of the 2020 fireworks, which would have been the 20th annual show.Annarose Russo, co-chair of the committee,...

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 • Published May 19, 2020 11:07 a.m.

Restaurants, Retail Stores Headed for Gradual Reopening

This week the State of Connecticut is allowing retail stores and restaurants to begin opening in a limited capacity, and many local businesses that were forced to close down at the beginning of...

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 • Published May 18, 2020 06:45 p.m.

COVID-19 Cancels Branford's Summer Jazz Series

While summer storms and even extreme heat have canceled one or two shows in past years at Branford's annual summer jazz series on the green, this year, COVID-19 has brought down the curtain on...

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 • Published May 18, 2020 03:02 p.m.

Town to Expedite Approval for Restaurants’ Outdoor Seating

In accordance with recent executive orders issued by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Guilford is working to expedite the process by which restaurants can begin offering outdoor seating service,...

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 • Published May 15, 2020 03:30 p.m.

Expired Branford Residency Stickers Good until June 30; New Stickers Now Available by Mail

Back in March, one of the Town of Branford's early COVID-19 administrative service responses was extending the expiration date for current residency stickers (green printing) from March 31,...

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 • Published May 15, 2020 02:55 p.m.

Customers Welcomed Back Under Phase One of Governor’s Reopening Plan

If certain criteria for hospitalizations, testing, and personal protective gear, just to name a few, continue to be met, non-essential entities including barbershops and hair salons, museums,...

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 • Published May 14, 2020 01:12 p.m.

North Branford Offering Residents Facial Masks via Drive-Thru Distribution May 16

To help residents adhere to the state's COVID-19 face-covering mandate, and help get businesses back in gear as Connecticut begins re-opening businesses including retail stores, restaurant...

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 • Published May 14, 2020 11:27 a.m.

Guilford to Begin Monitoring Jacobs Beach, Selling Beach Passes this Weekend

With warmer weather here to stay and more residents seeking seasonal diversions, Parks & Recreation Department staff will this weekend begin to monitor Jacobs Beach as the town prepares to...

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 • Published May 13, 2020 03:33 p.m.

Palm Urges General Assembly Leadership to Call a Vote on Expanding Absentee Ballot Provisions to Safeguard Voting Rights

State Representative Christine Palm (D-36) is leading an effort in the House of Representatives to urge General Assembly leadership to expand absentee ballot provisions. Palm says a statutory...

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 • Published May 13, 2020 03:22 p.m.

East Haven Fireworks and Beach Day Canceled Due to COVID-19

Unfortunately, after careful deliberation and discussion, the East Haven Fireworks Committee Board has decided to cancel this year’s firework display. This year’s event was scheduled ...

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 • Published May 12, 2020 04:50 p.m.

Two Westbrook Efforts Distribute Masks to Community

The Town of Westbrook has embarked on two mask distribution efforts: one to deliver surgical masks to local essential businesses and the other to provide homemade masks to those in need....

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 • Published May 12, 2020 12:07 p.m.

North Haven Schools Going the Distance for Remainder of Year

Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut schools would be physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-’20 school year, leaving schools throughout the state to continue with...

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 • Published May 12, 2020 11:27 a.m.

East Haven Schools Going the Distance for Remainder of Year

Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut schools would be physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-’20 school year, leaving schools throughout the state to continue with...

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 • Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Rotary Supports East Haven Food Pantry

Due to the unprecedented demands as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Haven Rotary Club, a member of Rotary District #7980, recently made donation of almost $1,100 worth of food to the...

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 • Published May 11, 2020 08:37 a.m.

Chester Fair, Memorial Day Parade Canceled Due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of two treasured events in Chester: the Memorial Day Parade and the Chester Fair.American Legion Post 97 Post Adjutant Jane Deuse Cable...

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 • Published May 08, 2020 03:57 p.m.

Shoreline Treasure and Tradition Guilford Fair Canceled for 2020

The Civil War, the Hurricane of 1938, and World War II: These are among the reasons the Guilford Agricultural Fair, first held in 1859, has been canceled. We can unfortunately add the COVID-19...

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 • Published May 08, 2020 10:54 a.m.

Branford Police, Fire Roll Out to Celebrate Citizen's 103rd Birthday

Edwyna Bartholomew has seen a lot of birthdays, but nothing like the one planned for her 103rd celebration on Thursday, May 7. With COVID-19 dampening the prospects of a traditional celebration,...

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 • Published May 08, 2020 10:38 a.m.

Madison Memorial Day Parade Canceled Due to COVID-19

Unfortunately, this year, the Memorial Day Parade is canceled. As this is a long-standing tradition in our town, it is sad that this has to happen.Griswold Post 79 of the American Legion...

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 • Published May 06, 2020 09:08 a.m.

Madison Historical Society Wants to Gather Residents’ Experiences During Pandemic

Most people are aware that the coronavirus pandemic is a historical event, something that will be remembered by generations to come. The Madison Historical Society (MHS), though, in partnership...

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 • Published May 05, 2020 01:00 p.m.

Madison Family Raises Nearly $600 with ‘Turning Two at the Zoo’ Birthday Party

In a world where everything has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 crisis, that could include birthday parties, too. The D’Antonio family of Madison found a creative way to celebrate its...

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 • Published May 05, 2020 12:15 p.m.

Guilford Reopens Dog Park and School Fields with Monitoring

First Selectman Matt Hoey issued a new executive order re-opening several town properties last week, including the dog park and the school fields with Parks & Recreation staff tasked with...

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 • Published May 06, 2020 10:06 a.m.

Guilford Foundation Raises Money, Keeps Organizations Connected During Crisis

During the current pandemic, people in Guilford and along the shoreline have been turning to The Guilford Foundation, which has served not only as a conduit to disburse desperately needed funds to ...

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 • Published May 06, 2020 08:00 a.m.

Deep River Readies for Shortfall in Tax Revenue

The Town of Deep River is exploring the possibility of borrowing money to cover operating expenses at the start of the next fiscal year as a result of offering taxpayers a lower interest rate on...

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